Our Board

 

 

Our Board is chaired by Professor Charles Mgone, who is the Vice Chancellor of Hubert Kairuki Memorial University based in Tanzania and former Executive Director of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). Professor Mgone is Tanzanian and has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and the Pacific.

Our Board members are drawn widely and include leading scientists and research managers from academia and industry from across the globe.  Each brings a unique set of strategic, scientific and managerial experience to the work of the Africa Research Excellence Fund, helping to ensure that AREF makes the best possible contribution to developing research capacity for medical and health research in Africa.

Two Medical Research Foundation trustees, Professor Danny (Daniel) Altmann and Mrs Sue Wilkinson, are members of the AREF Board.  The Medical Research Foundation, Chief Executive Dr Angela Hind, and Trustees’ Chair, Professor Nick (Nicholas) Lemoine, attend our Board meetings as observers.

The AREF Board is responsible for advising the MRF trustees and the AREF Director on issues of governance, strategy, policy, funding and budget.  The Board is advised on fundraising, funding strategies, and priorities by a broadly constituted Advisory Panel.

The Board meets at least twice each year – in practice, this is usually around 4 times.  Members also contribute to activities between meetings.

Our Board members are not paid for the work they do for us.

 

Professor Charles Mgone (Chair)

Professor Charles Mgone (Chair)

Professor Ibrahim Abubakar

Professor Ibrahim Abubakar

Professor Richard A. Adegbola

Professor Richard A. Adegbola

Professor Richard A. Adegbola, MSc PhD, FIMLS, FRCPath, FRCP (Hon), FAS
Independent Consultant at RAMBICON, Lagos, Nigeria

Professor Richard Adegbola has made an outstanding contribution to global health for more than two decades. He trained as a Microbiologist in Nigeria and in the UK. He has worked in diagnostic microbiology, academia, philanthropy and pharmaceutical industry, across three continents gaining unique and varied experiences. As a scientist he has ensured that his work is of the highest international standard and of great relevance to the needs of developing countries, particularly Africa. The impact of his work from the MRC Unit in The Gambia on Hib and pneumococcal diseases and vaccines is a matter of public record and is well recognized within the field. Hib disease has virtually disappeared from countries in which Hib conjugate vaccines have been introduced, including The Gambia and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, saving many lives and long-lasting disability. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines being introduced into the routine immunisation programmes in Africa are saving even more lives. Richard Adegbola is a fervent advocate of capacity development. In The Gambia, he taught and developed many young scientists from Africa, Europe and elsewhere. He has retained strong links with Nigeria, supporting colleagues in several Nigerian Universities. He has achieved many recognitions of his contributions including an honorary Professorship at the University of Leicester, election to Fellowships of the UK’s Royal College of Pathologists and Royal College of Physicians, and the Nigerian Academy of Science. Richard Adegbola was a member of the World Health Organization’s Meningitis Vaccine Project Advisory Group and was Vice Chair of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership Board. He was a member of Inter-Agency Committee for Immunization, and member of the National Polio Expert Committee for The Gambia. He serves as a member or Chair of several international scientific advisory boards. He is a Trustee of the Expanded Civil Society Initiative on Immunization in Nigeria.

Professor Danny (Daniel) Altmann

Professor Danny (Daniel) Altmann

Mr Alpha Amadou Barry FCCA, MSc

Mr Alpha Amadou Barry FCCA, MSc

Mr Alpha Amadou Barry was the Country Managing Partner of the Gambia practice of Deloitte, which was part of Deloitte’s West & Central Africa Cluster from 2003 until 2009 and then the Leader of Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice in West & Central Africa, which provides Corporate Finance, Transaction and Valuation Services and other services across Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia and Cameroon. He was based in the Lagos office of Deloitte which serves as the headquarters of the Cluster where he was involved in building up the Corporate Finance Business Unit until December 2013. Mr Barry then set up his boutique advisory practice mainly executing opportunities in Nigeria.

Mr Barry is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and also possesses a Master’s degree in Maritime Studies.  He completed the London Business School Corporate Finance Modular Programme in London, England in 2010. He has been involved in all kinds of professional services delivery to clients and as a result has acquired extensive financial advisory and practice management expertise, and in the process developed an incredible network of contacts across West Africa.

Mr Barry is married and blessed with five children.

Mr Barry is currently the Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank – The Gambia; Chairman of Gambia Ports Authority and Chairman of Horizons Clinic – The Gambia.

Dr Ralph Clemens

Dr Ralph Clemens

Dr Wendy Ewart

Dr Wendy Ewart

Professor Rose Leke

Professor Rose Leke

Professor Nick (Nicholas) Lemoine

Professor Nick (Nicholas) Lemoine

Professor Nyovani Madise

Professor Nyovani Madise

Nyovani is the Director of Research and Development Policy and Head of the Malawi office of the African Institute for Development Policy. Her research focuses on global health issues particularly untangling the influence of social and economic factors on health in low-income countries.

Her most previous employment was as Professor of Demography and Social Statistics at the University of Southampton where she also served as the University’s lead for Equality,  Diversity, and Inclusivity, Associate Dean (Research), and Director of the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty, and Policy.  Nyovani has previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of Malawi and as a Senior Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya. Nyovani has over 100 peer-reviewed publications focusing on the social determinants of health in the specific areas of maternal and child health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, food and nutritional security. A new research area for her is evidence-informed policymaking, focusing on three questions: why, how, and what for.

Nyovani has also designed and implemented interventions to inform policy and practitioners. She has published in international journals on child survival, family planning, reproductive and maternal health, HIV/AIDS, child nutritional status, and infant feeding practices.

Nyovani’s research has had wide impacts. The World Health Organization cites her work on frequency and timing of antenatal care in Kenya in their review and recommendations of practices that promote child survival; she is currently advising WHO AFRO Region and the Government of Mauritius on the social and economic determinants of health with a focus on non-communicable diseases; she has advised the UK, Swedish, Kenya, Malawi and Botswana governments on the social determinants of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health in general.

In April 2007, she addressed the 40th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development in New York, where she highlighted why it is important to invest in the health and education of young people in Africa.

Between 2006-2009, she chaired a prestigious scientific panel of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Populations (IUSSP) on population growth and its implications for human welfare in Africa.

In the last 2 years, Nyovani has advised the Packard and Hewlett Foundations and also advised Melinda French Gates regarding family planning in Africa as she prepared for her TEDx speech in Berlin and London Family Planning Summit in 2012.

(Source: https://www.afidep.org/staff/nyovani-madise-ph-d/)

Find more information about our Board members here.